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06-14-2011, 07:53 PM
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Also, that Jaromir Jagr guy people are always talking about is now not going to SKA St. Petersburgh who said they are no longer interested in him.
Not that I don't believe you, but can I get a link?

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06-14-2011, 08:02 PM
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Janne Lahti is a different player now, than he was in Hamilton.

His game is evolved so much, that its almost impossible to believe. He was unstoppable force in SM-Liiga, he was able to do almost anything. You needed (atleast) 3 guys to just stop him. Last time someone scored 37+ goals in SM-Liiga was in 99-00 season, altough Janne Pesonen did score 34 goals in 07-08.

On the other hand the line where Lahti played had amazing chemistry between all of them, Lahti - Kerälä - Pulkkinen. It was pretty hard not to score on Pulkkinen's amazing passes, and Kerälä gave a few nice ones too. And he was bad at the World Championships, but that was mainly because he didnt play with the right kind of linemates (Pihlström is a grinder and Kapanen is more like a defensive center, but is ok at the offensive end too, and after those 2 he played in the 4th line).

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06-14-2011, 08:04 PM
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Not that I don't believe you, but can I get a link?
Here is a link for that
http://www.sports.ru/en/hockey/103835510.html

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06-14-2011, 08:08 PM
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Eklund must be so bored.
I would imagine the offseason is when he makes most of his money, as the gullibles who believe anything he says are dying for free agent/trade news

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06-14-2011, 08:38 PM
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yeah fail on me...finnish not swedish. Same premise though. I don't recall any of these Euro guys coming over at like age 26+ and doing anything.
Sergei Makarov came over from the USSR at 30 and played at a PPG pace for three years.

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06-14-2011, 08:39 PM
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Older Fabian Brunnstrom. Why do people can enamored with these Swedish guys who never seem to pan out.
Like Johan Franzen that was drafted as a 25 year old?

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06-14-2011, 08:55 PM
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$50 says it has everything to do with the emergence of Pulkkinen

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06-14-2011, 10:14 PM
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Like Johan Franzen that was signed as a 25 year old?
Fixed. You cant draft a player that old.

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06-14-2011, 10:17 PM
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Fixed. You cant draft a player that old.
Nope.

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Fixed. You cant draft a player that old.
Tell that to Mark Streit

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After a 12-goal, 36-point season in 48 games in 2003–04, 
Streit was drafted in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, 262nd overall, 
by the Montreal Canadiens at 26 years old (players are typically drafted at the age of 18).

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06-14-2011, 10:49 PM
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$50 says it has everything to do with the emergence of Pulkkinen
That's fine they can both play together on Detroit eventually.

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06-15-2011, 02:18 PM
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Oilers colour commentator Bob Stauffer says the Oilers will sign a couple European free agents in the next 24-48 hours. One has to believe one will be Ville Lajunen. The other? Maybe Viktor Fasth?

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06-15-2011, 02:29 PM
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Long time reader, but not a regular poster (as you can see). I know (well knew) Janne about 10 years ago. We played on the same high school team. He didn't have a great season in Hamilton when he came over a few years ago. I remember he was getting a lot of hype on the habs board when he signed but left a lot of ppl disappointed. IIRC he was one of the first cuts in camp that year. I was pretty shocked to see he lead the SM Liiga in goals this year and was top 3 in scoring. Unless his game has changed a lot I can't see him having much success in the NHL. I hope he proves me wrong. Pretty wild to see him being discussed.
Definitely surprising/interesting... we did get pretty excited about his signing for the Habs, but from what I saw in a few games plus all the reports he was extremely unimpressive and ineffective in the AHL. Not just that he was incapable of challenging for a spot with the Habs, but didn't really add anything at the minor league level either. I never thought I'd be hearing his name again in the context of a return to North America, and was completely unaware of his scoring exploits this season. Good for him if he's figured out something and turned it around. Just sad he didn't do it as a Hab.

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06-15-2011, 02:51 PM
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Older Fabian Brunnstrom. Why do people can enamored with these Swedish guys who never seem to pan out.
that part doesn't make any sense either....not just the sweidsh/finnish part

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Habs fans had him penciled into the top 6 when he signed with them...didn't work out that way.

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Fixed. You cant draft a player that old.
You can't anymore. But pre-lockout Europeans had to be drafted to play in the NHL. The Pens drafted 28 year old Roman Simicek in 2000 because Ivan Hlinka wanted him on the team for 00-01. Now with the new CBA you can just sign players like that, though.

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Not NHL material imo.

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Janne Pesonen v2.0

Does he come with a golden helmet too?!

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Last time I saw him in Montreal/Hamilton he was big (not physical) and had a great shot. Not much else. He reminded me a lot of Pierre Dagenais, actually. Terrible skater. He did strike me as a guy who could dominate lower leagues, and here we are.

Unless he's vastly improved other aspects of his game (which is not impossible of course) I don't really see him as an NHLer.

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Nope.

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That would make him 24 when drafted.

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Janne Pesonen v2.0

Does he come with a golden helmet too?!
Pesonen is just better than Lahti in almost every aspect of game.

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Product of Pulkkinen all the way.

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Oilers colour commentator Bob Stauffer says the Oilers will sign a couple European free agents in the next 24-48 hours. One has to believe one will be Ville Lajunen. The other? Maybe Viktor Fasth?
They signed Lennart Petrell from IFK Helsinki.

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They signed Lennart Petrell from IFK Helsinki.
The Oilers signed Lennart Petrell and Antti Tyrvainen from the Finnish leagues. Neither were being overly pursued.

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Product of Pulkkinen all the way.
Hey! I already said that! Get your own idea!

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